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Danish Post to Replace 6,000 Bicycles

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (5 April 2000)–Danish Post has announced it will replace 6,000 of its 7,500 bicycles within the next three years. Many of the bicycles in the present fleet are 15 to 20 years old. The company is currently testing models from various bicycle manufacturers. “We know that the bikes must be able to carry […]

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (5 April 2000)–Danish Post has announced it will replace 6,000 of its 7,500 bicycles within the next three years. Many of the bicycles in the present fleet are 15 to 20 years old. The company is currently testing models from various bicycle manufacturers. “We know that the bikes must be able to carry 150 kilograms of mail, including the rider,” says Arne Kjerulf, Danish Post’s PR manager. When asked what kind of bicycle the company is looking for, he simply answers, “A yellow mail bike.” The old bicycles will not be scrapped as originally planned. After a minor media storm in Denmark, Danish Post has decided to send the old bicycles to the Baltic states where various mail companies will restore and utilize them. As such, 1,000 will be sent to Estonia, 1,500 to Latvia and 2,000 to Lithuania. Some bicycles will also be sent to third world countries. None of the bicycles will remain in Denmark, however, since the company is looking to upgrade its image with an entirely new fleet. Danish Post is also considering using EU scooters. The company is currently testing 135 models. (CH)

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